Prophet Thiel is picking apart Harold Camping today concerning his latest prophetic failure. Jesus was supposed to be returning on Friday, October 21st. That is after Jesus failed to show up last year on May 21st.
Prophet Thiel is indignant that Camping fails to understand what allegory is. Prophet Thiel is the LAST person on this earth that needs to be reminding Camping on what allegory is!
The Prophet writes the following as the reason Camping's predictions failed. Camping did not understand allegory.
The short answer is that Harold Camping allegorized away too many key scriptures. In other words, he relied on his own private interpretations and imaginations more than looking at the prophetic sequence that Jesus Himself gave in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21. It is that simple. He ignored the fact that required physical events in the Great Tribulation had not happened, nor did the signs in the heavens preceding Jesus’ return occur. Notice that Harold Camping and His followers ignored Jesus’ words which could not pass away:
Hello!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If that's not the pot calling the kettle black, I don't know what is! Living Church of God's entire existence is based upon a failure to understand what parables, allegory, myths and legends have to do in scripture.
LCG/COG has used the private interpretations and the imaginations of Herbert Armstrong and Rod Meredith as a basis of doctrinal "truth" for decades. Neither man has any seminary training and is ignorant of biblical hermeneutics, exegesis and eschatology. Neither man has any understanding how Christian thought developed over the centuries from Plato, Aristotle, and other great thinkers.
Many of the Bible stories were never meant to be taken literally. Armstrongism has never understood that fact. While parables, allegories and legends may have great truths in them - just as Greek mythology does - it does not make them "true" in the sense that the event actually happened.
Armstrongism also fails to recognize that Revelation was a hotly disputed book that only made it in the Canon by the skin of it's teeth. Yet, Armstrongism looks at it as one of the greatest books ever written. Literalism literally destroys the mind!
Prophet Thiel follows with a quote from the International Business Times:
International Business Times – Self-proclaimed Doomsday prophet Harold Camping is nothing more than a charlatan, a fraud who has given a bad name to Christianity, according to Christian leaders.
On that we all can agree! Thiel however goes on to write:
The iniquity of false prophets such as Harold Camping, Ronald Weinland (who still claims that Jesus will come on May 27, 2012), and others will turn various people off about prophecy.
Prophet Thiel calls Wienland and Camping false prophets and men who turn people off towards prophecy. What the hell does he think Rod Meredith has done? Rod has made hundreds of false prophecies over the decades. Meredith follows directly in the footprints of Herbert Armstrong who has an even longer list of failures. What about the tens of thousands who have been turned off to the church and God over the decades because of the lies of Meredith and Armstrong? Why do their failed prophecies continue to get glossed over?
Thiel continues on:
Those who follow Ronald Weinland of CGPFK may wish to ask themselves how they will feel on May 28, 2012 when Jesus does not return the day before as well (Ronald Weinland, like Harold Camping, also seems to excessively allegorize away prophetic scriptures).
False prophets result in an increase in scoffers, yet despite them, Jesus will return, but not in 2011 or 2012. Please do not allow false prophets to turn you aside from the prophetic and other truths in the Bible.
I would say that those who continue to follow Rod Meredith after his promotion of January 1972 as the date we were supposed to flee to Petra and a few years later for the return of Jesus, may wish to ask themselves why they follow such a failure! How many lives were destroyed over that one? Meredith had his golden gloves right in the middle of the mix! What about his continued "we only have 3-5 more years left" mantra that he has been spitting out for decades? How can you believe a liar who has been saying the same thing for 50 some years?
Meredith's false prophecies have certainly brought out the scoffers (including this one). We see right through the blatant lies of the man and know him as just one more in a long line of religious despots that seek to control the lives of COG members. Meredith, Weinland, Pack, Flurry, Cox, Steven's, are sick little men who are in deep need of psychiatric help. How many more men, women and children need to die because of these guys?